Today's Horse Racing Tips: A Dreamy Nap On Oaks Day

Today's tips come from Epsom on Oaks day.
Today's tips come from Epsom on Oaks day.

Mountain Brave (advised at 17/2) was very well backed throughout the day and was sent off as the 4/1 second favourite for yesterday’s feature race at Hamilton. Mark Johnston’s filly ran well for a long way but weakened out of contention and was ultimately well beaten. Luckily, my other selection in the race, Lampang, won at 16/1. Tim Easterby’s colt has always been highly regarded by connections but this was a first win since his two-year-old season.

There are five bets for today’s racing at Epsom, including two in the Group 1 Cazoo Oaks at 16:30.

Epsom Tips

15:45 – 1m2f Cazoo Handicap (Class 2)

DREAM WITH ME (NAP – 1 point win bet at 6/1) has been in fine form this season with three wins and a third from his four starts. There was much to like about his win at Ayr three weeks ago as he put the race to bed with ease. That was in Class 4 company but the manner of his victory suggested that there will be plenty more to come. This son of Frankel can therefore defy a 7lb higher mark and step up in grade to land this race before going on to bigger targets. Strait Of Hormuz and Victory Chime complete the shortlist.

Epsom 15:45
Dream With Me silk

Dream With Me

lost

16:30 – 1m4f Cazoo Oaks (Group 1)

With only two winning favourites in the past ten years, I am taking on Santa Barbara with DUBAI FOUNTAIN (1 point win bet at 9/1) and SAFFRON BEACH (0.5 point win bet at 12/1).

Dubai Fountain should have no problem with the 1m4f distance given that she won the Group 3 Cheshire Oaks on her seasonal reappearance. She should have come on significantly for that run and can confirm form with Zayaadah, who finished second that day. Although she didn’t win at Group level as a two-year-old, she was second in the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes, second in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes and ended the year with a very respectable fourth in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile. The 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth and the highly regarded Pretty Gorgeous were ahead of her that day and she shaped as though a mile would be her bare minimum trip. Indeed, there is plenty of stamina in her pedigree and a big run is expected.

Saffron Beach has done little wrong in her four starts to date and it’d be no surprise to see her step up again today. Unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile, including the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket, she returned this year with a very respectable second in the Nell Gwynn Stakes. She improved from that run to take the runner up spot in the 1000 Guineas 33 days ago. The 1m4f trip is an unknown but she hit the line strongly last time out to give the impression that she’ll stay.

Epsom 16:30
Dubai Fountain silk

Dubai Fountain

lost
Epsom 16:30
Saffron Beach silk

Saffron Beach

lost

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The Oaks Odds

17:40 – 7f Cazoo Derby Festival Handicap (Class 2)

A dual winner last season, PAWS FOR THOUGHT (1 point win bet at 8/1) returned to action following a winter break and gelding operation to win in good style at Chester last month. The step back up to seven-furlongs won’t be a problem, he is well drawn in stall eight and has the advantage of a 10lb weight-for-age allowance. Another positive is the booking of jockey Hollie Doyle, who continues to impress and has ridden a winner on each of the last four days.

Another jockey in good form is the champion Oisin Murphy. He gets back on board ABOVE (0.5 point win bet at 14/1) having ridden him to two of his three career wins. Having gone close in his last three starts on the All-Weather, including when favourite last time out, he returns to turf today having been freshened up and gelded.

Epsom 17:40
Paws For Thought silk

Paws For Thought

lost
Epsom 17:40
Above silk

Above

lost
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